by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
In yoga, besides being important to learn breathing techniques, it is also important to learn body postures that will not injured out bodies. Sometimes we have aches in our bodies but do not know or understand their origins. However, these aches come from our unknowingly wrong posture in our sitting, standing, walking and even sleeping.
In this article we will see how to maintain body postures correctly, such that it will help us become more agile and flexible in our daily routines. If we practice some other exercises besides yoga, these will become easier to undertake when we do them. As we increase our practice and learning of these postures, our bodies will have more endurance and flexibility to last longer with other exercises and activities.
In order to do these postures adequately we need to have time and be focused, so no distractions at all. You have to concentrate. So finish any chores or assignment before you start any postures. This way your mind will be with less pressure and will be able to put your mind and body to work together.
Our heads are like bowling balls: big, round and heavy. When it is well balanced, directly on our spine, our neck and back muscles require less effort to support it. Move it a few millimeters forward and you will feel the tension in the mentioned muscles. A few hours later you will feel fatigued from the wrong posture. Keep the wrong posture and fatigue will be accompanied by potential injuries and muscles aches. Soon you will have aches in the neck, back, peripheral muscles and even articulations. If the wrong posture worsens the body will compensate the imbalance by reducing the normal curvature between the neck and the lumbar region. This will not only cause pain but also can be the start of degenerative arthritis of the spine.
Practicing yoga will help keep our vertebrae flexible such as to be more efficient at shock absorbing. This will reduce risks of herniated discs and back problems.
Yoga can help with weight control. In order to avoid become overweight you need to move more and eat less. This is where yoga comes in. Practicing yoga regularly will help you burn calories as well as be more energetic to carry out other calorie burning activities. Yoga can also be use to have a better grip of your spiritual and emotional dimensions. Getting a better grip of your emotional side will help you be motivated to eat less and also to regulate problems and illnesses related to overweight and/or overeating. You can use yoga to educate yourself to eat healthier and therefore reduce toxins in your body while providing it with necessary nutrients. Make it part of your schedule.
Yoga can help boost your immune system. There are three yoga techniques, which I have mentioned before on other articles, so should be familiar with them. These body postures are (Asana), meditation and breathing techniques (Pranayama), which help get this result, especially if combined. Studies have shown that the meditation techniques have the most effect in our immune systems when practiced. It seems that through meditation one can control the functioning of the immune system to a certain degree. Observations in these studies show that one can increase the intensity of the immune system (increase the antibody count when outside cells are detected, such as vaccines) or reduce the intensity, depending on the situation and need.
Stress can be very harmful to our bodies. Some of its effects are ulcers, irritable colon and constipation. The more stress you have, the more the body and mind suffer. We want to reduce stress to achieve the opposite effect. Yoga can help relieve stress from our bodies, like most physical exercises. You can also practice yoga to alleviate constipation, which should reduce the risk of colon cancer. Exercising our bodies facilitate the ingestion and digestion of the food we consume. People who practice yoga claim that body postures with contortions help remove toxins and waste from the body faster through the fluids we expel.
Love pain? I think not, but you can use yoga to ease pain. Again, three yoga techniques, body postures (Asana), meditation and breathing techniques (Pranayama), will help get this result, especially if all are combined. These techniques can help reduce pain from people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and other chronic pain illnesses. If you get to be consistent with these exercises your pain will decrease but your self-esteem should increase. With a better mindset you might practice more exercise that will help with any weight issues and could also reduce your medicine intake.
So grab your mat and try to learn one or all of the three yoga techniques to reduce pain and reduce risk of injuries.